QUEEN’S SOUTH AFRICA 1899-1902, CLASP, ELANDSLAAGTE ‘273 A. S. MAJ: E. H. CUTHBERT. IMP: LT. HORSE’
Squadron Sergeant Major Ernest Henry Cuthbert served with the 1st Battalion, Imperial Light Horse in South Africa during the Boer War, was killed in action at the battle of Elandslaagte on 21 October 1899. He was the most senior NCO of the regiment to be killed at the battle and the second most senior of all ranks.
In addition to this being a rare casualty medal, as a single clasp medal, numismaticly this is an extremely scarce as the clasp Elandslaagte was not issued as a single clasp unless the recipient was killed or so seriously wounded that they took no further part in the War. To Colonial units, the single clasp is extremely rare.
The British losses at the battle were 5 Officers and 56 men killed or died of wounds, 30 Officers and 160 men wounded and four men taken prisoner. Of this total, the Imperial Light Horse lost 1 Officers and 9 men were killed, 9 Officers and 34 other ranks wounded.
Four Victoria Crosses were awarded for the battle of Elandslaagte, two of which were awarded to Officers of the Imperial Light Horse……………..
Condition NEF, lovely patina, tiny edge nik or better. Note; there is a faint line along the centre of most of the disc edge. This flaw was on the disc prior to the medal being named as it is under the naming and as such the naming is not in the slightest effected. Sold with copy medal roll and other copied research.
An extremely rare single clasped casualty medal to a senior NCO who’s unit saw some of the heaviest fighting during the battle.